The classic TV show Teletubbies is returning to the small-screen with the addition of a must-have 21st-century gadget – a mobile-style phone, voiced by Jane Horrocks.
The remake is due to air on CBeebies later this year, almost 20 years after the characters first arrived on TV screens.
The Absolutely Fabulous actress will voice new character the “tubby phone”, a gadget which is said to be catapulting Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po into the modern day.
Harry Potter star Jim Broadbent and DJ and presenter Fearne Cotton have also signed up for the show.
Classic children's TV shows
Classic children's TV shows
1/10 The Magic Roundabout (1965-2010)
Sweet-toothed Skye Terrier Dougal was the main character in this British-French animated series. Other popular characters included Zebedee the jack-in-the-box and Ermintrude the cow.
2/10 Pingu (1986-2006)
Everybody's favourite penguin lives happily with his friends and family at the South Pole. Pingu is often found on an adventure with his little sister Pinga and they speak in a unique 'penguin language' that sounds like babies.
3/10 The Animals of Farthing Wood (1993-1995)
This charming series followed a group of woodland animals who make an Oath to protect each other when they are forced to leave Farthing Wood and find a new home.
4/10 Bodger & Badger (1989-1999)
First broadcast in 1989, Andy Cunningham starred as Simon Bodger, whose best friend was a talking badger with a passion for mashed potato.
5/10 The Sooty Show (1955-1992)
Glove puppets Sooty and Sweep were staples of many a childhood. Sooty doesn't speak but owns a magic wand ('Izzy wizzy let's get busy!) while Sweep communicates with squeaks.
6/10 Blue Peter (1958-)
This long-running show is a definite classic - we all want a Blue Peter badge.
7/10 Hartbeat (1984-1993)
Tony Hart and animated Plasticine character Morph showed children how to make art from everyday items.
8/10 Teletubbies (1997-2001)
Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po are the colourful Teletubbies - who dance, sing and play in Teletubbyland where the sun has a laughing baby's face.
9/10 Playdays (1988-1997)
Remember Why Bird? Playdays ran from 1988 to 1997 on CBBC and featured puppets such as Peggy Patch, Mr Jolly and Poppy the cat.
10/10 The Wombles (1968-1976)
'Wombles are organised, work as a team. Wombles are tidy and Wombles are clean. Underground, overground, wombling free, The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we!'
Producers said the new series would feature the same characters and style as the original, but with a “refreshed and contemporary look”.
The tubby phone, which will be fixed in the Teletubbies’ dome, is one of a number of “new elements” being introduced, although it has not usurped the TV – the creatures will still have antennas on their heads and TV screens on their stomachs.
Stand-up comedian and Eric and Ernie actor Daniel Rigby will narrate the new series.Reuse content